A Thanksgiving message from Parler CEO George Farmer

As the company celebrates the American Thanksgiving, I reflect on everything Parler has overcome, and how its future is bright. Modern tradition calls for Americans to share the things for which they are grateful. For Parler, these things are clear.

We give thanks to our users, especially those who've stuck with us to fight Big Tech's goal to control what we think, say and hear. For several days, Parler was the #1 app being served, and its deplatforming was enough to crush any company. We had to rebuild from the bottom up, and many users saw this happen in real-time. Your dedication to the protection of privacy and free speech has kept us motivated to pull all stops, and we'll continue our efforts to maintain Parler as the world's premier free speech platform. 

Parler advertisers are a special breed. These aren't just businesses looking to capitalize on social media. They too recognize the need for Parler to exist, and ensure we're able to continue our work. We are grateful for their support.

Gold badges represent influencers, government officials, and authentic organizations and businesses. Many have been active on Parler throughout the ups and downs. Their commitment to secure the protections provided by the First Amendment of the US Constitution remains unfaltering. We are grateful they use Parler as a means to share their insight and stories.

As we enter the extended holiday season, know that the entire Parler team is thankful for each and every one of you. Your dedication, expressions of support, and use of the platform means the world to us.

— George Farmer, CEO

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The Parler Store is Open

Free speech apparel and more

The long-awaited Parler store is now open, offering free speech apparel and drinkware. Most items are made in the United States; nothing is made in China. Apparel includes t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, hoodies, beanies, and hats.

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Parler CEO Questions Facebook Whistleblower's Motives

Are Haugen’s complaints about more than child-harming content?

On Wednesday, Parler CEO George Farmer told Mornings with Maria viewers his concerns about Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s motives, citing her commitments to the Democratic party. According to Federal Election Commission records, Haugen has donated to Democrats 37 times since 2016.

Referring to several cases of Democrats vying to censor various types of protected speech online, Farmer is concerned Haugen’s complaints are about more than child-harming content.

In her testimony to Congress, Haugen suggested modifying Section 230 to exempt decisions about algorithms from immunity. But as Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff pointed out on The Chris Salcedo Show, it is doubtful updated regulation wouldn’t include other changes that violate the First Amendment.

"Now I think the Democrats are taking this upon themselves to fashion the regulation in a way that they see fit, which worries me," Farmer said.

Farmer explained that the real issue is that platforms like Facebook and Twitter tout their ability to moderate content fairly and appropriately yet fail to do so.

"Part of the thing about this censorship debate is that the giant tech platforms say that they have these great moderation policies which sit on the platform, which prohibit this kind of content from going live, and that just isn’t true."

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Chris Salcedo Questions Facebook's Presence Given Parler's Deplatforming

Whistleblower documents reveal Facebook was aware of the harm it caused

The day after Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, testified to US Congress and Facebook experienced a six-hour outage, Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff spoke with Chris Salcedo on KSEV.

Salcedo referred to how Parler “was infamously taken down because of false political accusations” when questioning Facebook’s presence on the internet, given Haugen’s testimony that the tech giant knowingly harms children.

“The type of content that Parler was supposedly taken down for we all know was all over Facebook and all over Twitter as well,” Peikoff said. “And there are countless cases where you see this type of content on Facebook. Facebook, which supposedly has the best resources and the best way to deal with all this...”

To Congress, Haugen suggested reforming Section 230 to exempt decisions about algorithms because they’re something Facebook has total control over. Peikoff said modifying Section 230 to only exempt such algorithms from immunity may be acceptable, but is doubtful there wouldn’t be other changes.

“You’d probably get some junk about misinformation and so-called hate speech, so you’d actually be starting to prohibit legal speech on these platforms,” Peikoff explained.

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"Last year it was the election; this year it's the information about COVID."

Parler CPO Amy Peikoff on Chicago's Morning Answer

9/28/21: Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff appeared on Chicago’s Morning Answer to talk about social media censorship and Parler’s rise after deplatforming.

“Last year it was the election; this year it’s the information about COVID,” Peikoff says. “People who spend their time only on Facebook and Twitter? There’s a lot of information about COVID and the vaccines and everything else that you don’t get.”

Listen to the full interview with Paul Vallas and Amy Jacobson on Rumble.

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